garden ponderings


Early Spring

We have had a bumper year for rain,
which after a drought is very welcome.
As soon as the rain lets up,
plants (including weeds) reach for the bits of sunshine.

I have been watching my crocus for years
and observed the various colored flowers bloom in a specific order:
yellow ones first, then the lavenders, next come purple and white striped,
then purples, and the pure white ones last.

Here is a crocus fact that I can vouch for from experience:
If you want to move the bulbs, wait until the blossoms are spent,
but before the leaves have died.
It is a short window of opportunity,
but the bulbs are easy to locate in the ground.
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Bergenia are starting to bloom.
This large-leaved groundcover has such pretty, delicate flowers.
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I know a little about hellebores,
like deer do not eat them and they love shade.
In contrast to the crocus, the white blossoms come first,
while the pink flowers are still budding.
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I have planted and divided and planted hundreds of daffodils around our plot of land.
All I see around the house are emerging leaf blades.
What a surprise to find these flowers near the driveway, closer to the county road.
On a south-facing slope, with little shade from trees,
the micro-climate here must be quite a bit warmer.

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Plant Lust at a Garden Tour

Oh, the Passionflowers were gorgeous!  The vine worked its way along an open wire fence, where it made a beautiful privacy wall between neighbors.  It must live in a warm micro-climate, as passionflowers are marginal in this agricultural zone.
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Needle-thin leaves on this lush plant, were baby-soft.  I wanted to keep running my hands through the greenery.  There were a few of these plants, so I’m thinking they may self-sow.  (I could live with lots of these beauties.)
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I love the look of Smoke Bush/Tree in bloom.  Mine did not come back this year, which I have blamed on wet feet.  Drainage at that location in my yard was way too slow.   It will take some work before anything more than shallow perennials can be planted there.  In the meantime, I admired this specimen.
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Maybe an Astilbe?
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Aren’t these gorgeous?  Even the spent flowers are pretty!
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I really like this flower.  It is living in full sun.
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Today was my second garden tour ever.  Despite the inspiration, I found it a good way to feel very inadequate about my own gardening.  There were some fabulous flower displays.  I photographed flowers I want to remember to investigate for my own garden.  In fact, while typing this post, I looked up flower identification, and was waylaid for a few hours 🙂

Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley

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Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley

Parsley flowers are so small, they can be hard to notice when they finally bloom. The seeds are about the same size as the numerous flowers and are just as plentiful.

Seeds will sprout easily as long as there is plenty of moisture. Under, or near, a water faucet is a good place to start a parsley bed. Later on, seeds can be spread to other places to see where the emerging plants best like the prevailing micro-climate. This particular bed has been reseeding itself for many years, and I think it is in need of rejuvenation. This is where timing comes into play – I need to wait until the plants go to seed, then save some seeds, just in case there are any challenges (like a heat wave) when the planting bed is cleaned up.

In the upper right are parsley leaves, don’t be misled by the sage leaves in the upper left of this photo. Sage and parsley live together with stray violets, and are protected from deer in this fenced planting bed.  I keep any other interlopers (weeds)  out in an effort to encourage what I want to live here to thrive.